- Rien is a writer and teacher who specializes in Southern culture.
- He is the author of three books, including The One True Barbecue (2016) and Drive-By Truckers' Southern Rock Opera (2018).
- His bylines have appeared in Time Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, Oxford American, Garden & Gun, Men's Journal, Pacific Standard, Southern Living, Saveur, The Local Palate, and more.
His work has appeared in Time Magazine, The Wall Street Journal, Oxford American, Garden & Gun, Men's Journal, Pacific Standard, Southern Living, Saveur, The Local Palate, and more. He writes the Lost Lit column for 64 Parishes, Louisiana’s official arts and culture quarterly magazine, and frequently publishes book reviews for The A.V. Club.
He lives in New Orleans.
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